You can take the following steps to help prevent poultry on
your farm from getting bird flu from wild birds:
Keep poultry indoors.
Keep poultry away from areas
where wild birds are.
Make sure people who go into the poultry
houses have not been in contact with wild birds or in an area with the bird flu
Make sure equipment is cleaned and disinfected before you
bring it into the poultry house.
Do not keep bird feeders or create
duck ponds on your property. They may attract wild birds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works to keep bird flu out of poultry
farms located in the United States. You can find more information about its
program on the Web site:
If you're one of those people who brag, come flu season, that you
"never, ever get sick," be aware: The odds may catch up to you. Every
year, about 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get influenza, according to estimates
from the CDC.
Taking certain antiviral drugs within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms can
shorten the duration of the flu, but that involves recognizing you have the
flu, getting in touch with your doctor, and going to the pharmacist before the
48 hours is up.
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